A Youngstown boxer, thanks to television, has been picking up quite a following in Western Pennsylvania fight circles.
His name is Kelly Pavlik and is a super middleweight, and as of this writing he was 9-0 in the professional ranks and fresh from a second-round knockout of Gerard Brewer on a card in Bariboo, Wisc., on Friday Night Fights (June 8).
The Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 have been televised for some time now and just recently became the second fight night on the station each week. ESPN2 also shows professional boxing each Tuesday night at 9 p.m.
Pavlik has been drawing raves, not only because of his unblemished record but of his boxing ability and punching power. He is a very strong young man and each time he steps into the ring, you can bet he comes to fight.
Knows the game: Pavlik, who stands well over 6-feet tall, is lanky and durable. He knows how to box and win. Against Brewer, he sent his opponent to the canvas in the first round and then decked him twice in the second round before the referee stopped the bout.
Although it is early in his career, Pavlik, managed by Jack Loew, has fans talking and thinking about the glory days of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Harry Arroyo, Jeff Lampkin and Greg Richardson. Only time will tell if Pavlik can maintain his present status, however, he's certainly off on the right foot. Keep an eye on this young man. He's a winner.
Pavlik has been picking up momentum with the TV networks as can be pointed out by his appearances on the tube. He has had a number of bouts on television and all have been exciting. As his TV appearances escalate, so will his paydays but his opponents will get tougher. He has already proven that he can handle himself and very effectively.
The Friday Night Fights crew on ESPN2 is headed up by former trainer Teddy Atlas and his crew, a group of young men who appear bent on cleaning up boxing. They tell it like it is.
Westminster MVP: Completing his senior season as a member of the Westminster College baseball team, outfielder Henry Klinar (Venetia/Peters Township High School) walked off with Most Valuable Player honors for the 2001 season.
The announcement was made by Titan coach Sean Kelly. We published earlier the other spring sport team MVPs who were acknowledged at the recent Winter/Spring Sports Banquet. The baseball MVP, however, was delayed as the Titans were competing in the ECAC Division II playoffs.
Klinar, too, was one of the most durable Titan players as he started in all 30 regular season games for the Westminster team which completed the season with an 18-14-1 record, including 11-1 against teams from the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
Klinar batted .337 (33-of-98) with team-high statistics of seven home runs, four triples, 32 RBIs and a .694 slugging percentage. He also scored 27 runs while adding six doubles and four steals on the season. And if that isn't enough, he made three relief pitching appearances posting a 3.99 ERA.
Titan minicamp: Want to improve on the basic fundamentals of the game of football in preparation for the 2001 season?
The coaching staff at Westminster College is staging a three-session minicamp from July 22-24 at the football fields. Each session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. today.
Cost is $30 per person and more information is available from Jerry Schmitt, Titans coach. Telephone (724) 946-7310.
Two groups will be worked separately on offense and defense. The camps are: Pop Warner, for athletes entering grades 4-6, and junior high, for those entering grades 7-8.